again, because it is so important … now more than ever …
Linked with Jean Ziegler – Switzerland.
Published on Canada.com, by AFP, April 14, 2008.
Producing biofuels today is a crime against humanity,” UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food Jean Ziegler told Bayerischer Runfunk radio. Using arable land to produce crops for biofuels has reduced surfaces available to grow food, many observers warn. Ziegler called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to change its policies on agricultural subsidies and to stop supporting only programmes aimed at debt reduction. Agriculture should also be subsidised in regions where it ensured the survival of local populations, he said …
… Ziegler had earlier accused the European Union of agricultural dumping in Africa. “The EU finances the exports of European agricultural surpluses to Africa … where they are offered at one half or one third of their (production) price,” the UN official charged. “That completely ruins African agriculture,” he added. “In addition, international market speculation on food commodities must cease,” Zielger said. In an interview with the French centre-left daily Liberation, he warned the world was headed “towards a very long period of riots” and other types of conflicts stemming from food shortages and price increases … (full text).
LINKS on our blogs arond poor’s food threats:
op-icescr – situation on April 2006;